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Hertfordshire's SEND Local Offer

Find support groups and networks that may be able to help and support you or your child.

 

Support groups and networks for children and families of children with all types of SEND

Support groups and networks for children and families of children with a specific condition

Engaging with parents and young people

The new SEND Code of Practice focuses on creating a family centred system. Some of the key principles highlighted in the code are:

  • Supporting children, young people and parents to participate in decisions about their support
  • Involving children, young people and parents in planning, commissioning and reviewing services
  • Greater choice and control for parents and young people over their support

Section 3.18 of the SEND Code of Practice says: ‘At a strategic level, partners must engage children and young people with SEN and disabilities and children’s parents in commissioning decisions, to give useful insights into how to improve services and outcomes.’

When we discuss the engagement and participation of parent carers and families and children/ young people with SEND, there are four very specific areas this includes. It is important that local areas embrace all of these, and not one at the exclusion of others:

  1. Individual participation of parent carers and families of children/young people with SEND Working with and enabling a meaningful participation of parent carers and families in relation to the assessment, planning and delivery of services for their own individual child and young person with special educational needs and disabilities.
  2. Individual participation of children/ young people with SEND Working in a person centred approach to enable children/ young people with special educational needs and disabilities to actively contribute in their own assessment, planning and service delivery.
  3. Strategic participation of parent carers and families of children/young people with SEND Ensuring parent carer participation in co-production of strategic planning, decision making and service evaluation is important.
  4. Strategic participation of children/ young people with SEND

In some areas, there are representative groups of children/young people with special educational needs and disabilities who are enabled to be involved in strategic decision making.

For more information about how to involve parents visit www.cafamily.org.uk

 

National SEND organisationsHertfordshire Parent Carer Involvement

Improving services for families by working alongside those providing services for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities. Parent/carer representatives serve on the Hertfordshire Local Offer Stakeholder Group, creating opportunities for ongoing joint working, interaction and co-production.